In addition to two of our major partnership programmes, Westminster Platform and our relationship with Harris Westminster Sixth Form, the School partners with many local state schools to: make learning available to pupils in subjects that are not offered to them in their own schools; bring workshops to younger children, to encourage an enthusiasm for practical science and music; provide young people with support for university applications and study.
An average of 15 pupils come to us from partner schools, Westminster Harris Sixth Form and the Grey Coat Hospital, to study A Level subjects such as Art History and Geography and we host a Classics Academy, giving both GCSE and A Level pupils access to Latin and Greek classes. We are aware that many schools are unable to adequately equip their pupils for the educational, practical and social challenges of university study. To provide the necessary training, we invite between 20 and 30 pupils each year to attend our weekly university preparation lessons at the School. In addition to this, our teachers offer specific personal support to partner-school pupils applying to study disciplines such as medicine and architecture, as well as regularly providing interview advice and practice.
Throughout the academic year whole classes of pupils in Years 4 to 6 from surrounding partner schools are invited to attend a series of interactive science workshops, in Astronomy, devised and led by members of the Science Department and some of our Sixth Form pupils. The objective is to enthuse the younger children about practical science and its uses in medicine and technology, while offering our Sixth Form pupils an opportunity to volunteer as mentors and role models. For more information about pupil volunteering at Westminster, please see our Volunteering page.
We also partner with the Linacre Institute to provide educational opportunities for young people, to help them to access the very best Higher Education the UK has to offer.
Westminster School’s Music Department has a detailed partnership programme, which has a strong focus on community partnerships with local schools. Find out more about our Music Partnerships.